October 4, 2011
With New Year's Eve just a month away, we asked our staff about the pros and cons of the night. Here's what they had to say. •••• Best: There's almost always an awesome party to attend. Worst: There's yet another night that Ryan Seacrest is on TV. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• Worst is hats. And drunk people. Best is drunken people in hats. Anne Tallent, editor, b •••• Best: Getting to use a new calendar.
January 11, 2009
Writing obituaries for The Baltimore Sun, you get to know a lot of nice people at the worst moment in their lives. In the majority of cases, this is the first time we have connected, even though, as we say, we occasionally have repeat customers. Inevitably, it can turn personal, when friends and colleagues pass away. (For the record, it is The Sun's policy that we do not write obits for our family members. Other reporters are given that task.) In the course of researching the life of the deceased, lots of good material surfaces that might not make the final cut because of space restrictions.
January 5, 1997
There are a few shortsighted travelers left who do not know what they are doing on New Year's Eve in 1999. David Banford is not one of them. When the odometer of our spinning orb ticks over for the year 2000, Banford, a British investor in small businesses, will be floating off Barbados aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, with 99 other members of his club.He will toast the New Year and the new millennium with champagne that has been awaiting the occasion since 1982, the year that he and a group of old school friends put down a $10,000 deposit to reserve 50 double cabins and lay down some serious Bordeaux, ports and champagnes.
December 18, 2001
With Christmas falling on a Tuesday this year, more workers will cast aside their Monday blues as their employers - from manufacturers to the Maryland state government - offer Christmas Eve as a paid holiday. For some employers, making official holidays out of Christmas Eve and, to a lesser extent, New Year's Eve, is a morale booster and a reward for hard work in tough economic times. For others, such as factory operators, opening on a Monday and shutting down the next day doesn't make much business sense.
January 5, 1999
Maryland Lottery officials announced yesterday that the evening Pick 4 number, 4444, drawn New Year's Eve broke the bank, rewarding players with more than $4.4 million.Lottery Director Buddy Roogow said Pick 4 players wagered more than $443,000 on the number and that the payout for New Year's Eve was one of the largest in the lottery's history.Roogow said that for all its games combined, the Maryland Lottery paid out nearly $250 million in 1998.Pub Date: 1/05/99
January 3, 2004
Sometime during the late 1960s, while making a cameo appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, bandleader Guy Lombardo - who was known as "Mr. New Year's Eve" - stared into the camera and said, "When I die, I'm taking New Year's Eve with me." Well, almost. Even though Dick Clark replaced Lombardo with his New Year's Eve broadcasts, people still think of the great bandleader as the old year yields to the new. And more than likely on New Year's Eve, you heard a recording of Lombardo and his Royal Canadians playing their signature vibrato saxophone rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" at the stroke of midnight.